British Airways drops ban on wearing crosses

Following recent controversy, BA is chasing its uniform policy to allow all religious symbols, including crosses, to be worn openly.

Last year a row erupted when a BA employee, Nadia Eweida, sought to wear a cross outside of her BA uniform.

BA had reportedly banned any jewellery being worn outside of its uniform, but allowed hijabs and turbans to be worn. The row sparked by the case attracted much media attention, with even Tony Blair being drawn in.

The Company had always argued it never intended to discriminate against Christians on its policy on jewellery but was bound to follow discrimination laws to the letter.

The Transport and General Workers Union, which represented Ms Eweida was happy with BA’s statement.

The case highlights the importance of Employers having clear and well thought out policies and procedures.